In response to “RNC fires firm over illegal voter registration” (Sept. 28):
NCGOP ought to check for dead voters here too; it’s only fair
So the Republican National Committee hires Strategic Allied Consulting to register voters in Florida and North Carolina, and gets caught registering dead people in Florida.
Shouldn’t we check the registrations they did here also?
Come on N.C. GOP, don’t you want to protect the vote?
List of real issues is sobering, but we unite over the trivial
The middle class is shrinking. Poverty is increasing. Cancer patients are emptying their bank accounts for treatment.
Unemployment is stagnant or rising. SAT scores are decreasing. CMS teachers make less after 30 years compared with Chicago teachers’ average salary.
Anti-American riots in Asia and the Middle East.
Those were the major stories last week.
What was the only issue receiving bipartisan support? Settling the NFL referee lockout.
We have no reason to blame anyone but ourselves for the mess this country is in.
The downfall of the United States will mirror that of the Roman Empire: Excessive greed, excessive hubris, excessive stupidity.
John J. Michalski
Extreme austerity could set back already weak recovery
Thanks to a stimulus – too small, I believe – the economy is recovering, although weakly.
Right now we need two things:
(1.) Additional government spending like the jobs bill and public works projects to put people back to work, increase demand and accelerate the recovery.
(2.) The will to whittle down the debt and unfunded liabilities once the economy is back to normal.
But cutting back now would be disastrous. For evidence, we need only look to the UK where ill-timed austerity has turned a modest economic recovery into a further decline.
In response to “Alcohol ads are approved for CATS” (Sept. 27):
City, CATS should cut other expenses to avoid alcohol ads
So now CATS, a department of the City of Charlotte, is in such desperate need of money that it is prostituting itself by selling inappropriate ad space.
Can’t City Hall do better than that? Ever consider axing some overpaid personnel and/or unnecessary travel and entertainment, instead?
In response to “Stop painting comment from Chick-fil-A CEO as ‘anti-gay’” (Sept. 28 Forum):
‘Anti’ means against; truth is Cathy is against gay marriage
I’m not the “liberal media” – just liberal. Despite my beliefs about gay marriage – and I enthusiastically support it – the fact is anytime “anti” precedes a word, it simply means “against or opposed to.”
So, it’s pretty accurate to define Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s comment as anti-gay. Webster’s dictionary says so without any help from the “liberal media.”
It is, what it is. Own it.
In response to “Pittenger, Roberts disagree on rail, health care, deficit” (Sept. 27):
Pittenger wrong about benefits of light rail, they aren’t small
If the rail system were better, more extensive, in more directions, more people could and would use it. Four-dollar-a day tickets beats $5 to $10 for parking, plus gasoline, insurance, maintenance, etc. to drive to work.
Robert Pittenger should look at world-class cities like New York City and London – even Atlanta – where light rail keeps many more than “a relatively small number of commuters off highways.”
More highways, more pollution; more rail, less pollution. No brains needed.
In response to “Voter ID battles churn in key states” (Sept. 24) and related articles:
On voter ID, I’d like to see moderate McCrory resurface
Pat McCrory says he will sign “suppress the vote” legislation, foretelling whether he’ll govern as the moderate who was mayor or join the ideological extremists controlling our legislature.
My father-in-law served in the navy in the Pacific during World War II, so he literally helped save the world. When his eyesight began to fail, he voluntarily gave up his driver’s license. He is not physically able to go to the DMV and wait in line for an ID.
As a moderate Pat McCrory can be a great governor, one who would never deny the constitutional right of a patriot to vote.
In response to “City wary of putting more in NoDa mill” (Sept. 25):
There may be other options
for NoDa mill restoration
I can understand and appreciate the interest in preserving and restoring the Mecklenburg and Johnston Mills.
The developer is proposing to spend $15 million-plus, for which it will complete 48 “workforce” housing units. A competent, local, “for-profit” developer could probably deliver 48 units for less than $125,000 per unit or $6 million.
This means that the premium for whatever benefit will be obtained in the restoration will cost at least $9 million.
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